Monday, February 25, 2008

Soul sets season opening roster

-Courtesy of the Philadelphia Soul

The Philadelphia Soul announced a number of roster moves Monday. The club re-signed linebacker Rod Davis; offensive lineman Steve Edwards; defensive back Dee Webb; defensive lineman George Gause; and wide receiver Darius Watts to undisclosed contracts, while trading wide receiver Chris Horn to the New Orleans VooDoo in exchange for defensive lineman Michael Landry and signing fullback John Peaua.

The Soul also waived offensive linemen Jason Thomas, Jabari Levey and Van Nelson; defensive lineman Delbert Cowsette; defensive back Rob Keefe; and fullbacks Cory Anderson and Matt Bernstein.

Head coach Bret Munsey then placed Watts, Peaua and Gause on the injured reserve, meaning the three will be sidelined at least the first two weeks of the season.

The moves bring the Soul’s roster to the 24-man limit.

Landry started 15 games at nose guard for the VooDoo last season and finished the year with 18.5 tackles and two tackles for a loss. In his return to the VooDoo, he appeared in more games than any other New Orleans defensive lineman. A year earlier, he appeared in 13 games with 10 starts for the Brigade and had 11 tackles (six solo), 1.5 tackles for a loss and a half sack. In 2005, Landry joined the VooDoo and was named to the AFL All-Rookie team as he made an immediate impact on the middle of the defense. He started in 15 games at nose guard and had 16 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Landry spent the end of the 2003 season and the 2004 offseason and training camp as a defensive end with the San Francisco 49ers. He spent the final game of the 2003 season on San Francisco’s active roster. He originally signed as an undrafted free agent with Kansas City in 2002 and spent time on the practice squads of both the Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers from 2002-03. He was allocated to the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe by Kansas City in 2003 and registered 31 tackles and 6.5 sacks.

In college, he played in 25 games with 23 starts at defensive end and outside linebacker for Southern. Landry earned second-team All-SWAC honors as a senior in 2001, when he tallied 45 tackles (15 solo), five sacks, 14 tackles for a loss and two passes defensed.

Peaua was in training camp with the Colorado Crush, but was released this past Friday. He spent the last four seasons with the Crush, playing in 50 games over that period. Last year, he scored a pair of touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.

He broke into the league with Arizona in 2001 and spent three seasons in the desert.

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